Guernsey apprenticeship scheme under review

Skills Guernsey

Guernsey to undergo an apprenticeship overhaul

The apprenticeship scheme in Guernsey is being re-evaluated to ensure that both students and businesses can obtain the right skills and reap the benefits.  The scheme has been in place for over 50 years, and very few changes have been implemented in the last ten years.

Items under review are value for money, skills learnt and the whole programme compared to others similar schemes. The review will happen in January 2013, led by chairwoman of Skills Guernsey, Dr Elaine Monkhouse. A draft report is expected by the following April.

Lifelong learning manager Alun Williams says: “It plays a key role in supporting and developing Guernsey’s skills base. Around a quarter of young people who leave school aged 16 go into an apprenticeship and in recent years there has been a growing number of mature apprentices. At any one time, there are usually between 300 and 400 apprentices in training.”